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    Our buddy Glenn Reynolds tells the truth: Time for Consequences - by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

    Last week’s Special Counsel report over Biden’s mishandling of classified documents basically found the same thing. While the Special Counsel recommended that Biden not be prosecuted for what seemed like clear violations of the law governing secret papers, the reason for his recommendation was that Biden is too old and out of it to be put on trial.

    Biden didn’t help himself when he turned down the traditional Super Bowl interview, presumably – as James Carville helpfully pointed out – because that would have called attention to his inability to string two sentences together coherently. Carville called it a “sign” that Biden’s own administration doesn’t have confidence in him.

    And Hillary Clinton even twisted the knife, calling Biden’s age a “legitimate issue.”

    As reliable Democratic weathervane Maureen Dowd observed in her NYT column, “Jill Biden and his other advisers come up with ways to obscure signs of senescence — from shorter news conferences to almost zero print interviews to TV interviews mainly with fawning MSNBC anchors. But many Americans are quite concerned about the 81-year-old president’s crepuscular mien. It’s the elephant in the room — except that elephants never forget.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by anticausal View Post
    You actually think the Ukrainian neo-nazis, who have been supported and funded by Jewish oligarchs, are doing something good for Ukrainian nationalism? Why are they leading Ukrainian men to pointless and inevitable slaughter? Why are they doing the bidding of a foreign comedian who spends his time posing for covers of Vogue magazine and snorting coke? Why has Clown World been embracing these people? I agree that Putin's rhetoric regarding this is indeed cynical and ridiculous, but so is the situation in Ukraine.
    It's more complex. Nuanced. Maybe even Jewuanced? We have to look further back than 2022 or 2014 and zoom out beyond Eastern Ukraine.

    Russia Today recently published an article about one of Putin's recent speeches: "Putin vows to eradicate Nazism for good" (you may need a VPN to access)
    Putin vows to eradicate Nazism for good — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

    "The Russian president claims the governments of Ukraine and the Baltic states have adopted Hitlerite ideaology and methods."

    Putin says there is "Russophobia" and talks about the plight of "Russian-speakers" in the Baltic states. "President Putin cited the Baltic states in an apparent reference to their treatment of Russian-speaking minorities, which Moscow deems discriminatory".

    Placing any special emphasis Zelensky's background or identity is a waste of time in the big picture, though. He's replaceable. You're not going to hear me disagree with anything you have to say about the J.Q in Ukraine, AC, given the history of the place but then again you're also going to have to talk about the origins of Bolshevism. Also, the current flavour of political life in Russia. Putin himself as a neglected kid was taken in and looked after a prominent Chabadnik family who saw promise in him. I could go on, but I would hate for anyone to pathologise me and label me an... autist *GASP*

    Just a moment...

    The word "Nazi" is relevant, though. Not just when applied to the Ukranian Neo-Nazi themed battalions and their verboten Velcro morale patches.

    Speaking broadly and historically, the term "Nazi" does make sense from the Russian point of view, because, of course, it was America and the West which supported the occuption of these countries which now Russia believes it has an ethnic/historical/moral/spiritual claim to America helped the Soviet union occupy half of Europe.

    I don't mean to condescend with a dumb history lesson but it was literally the Nazis who fought for the indepdence of these countries from the Russian expansion of that time.

    So, that Putin uses the term "Nazi" makes perfect sense - but what he really means is European Nationalism. "Eradicating Nazism" will mean, ultimately, eradicating any form of identity other than a kind universalist one, where individualism and happiness is the only goal. Sounds a lot like something subversive, revolutionary activists labelled "feminism" and was insidiously promoted here in the West. It's the same shit we're under, just repackaged and sold under a different brand by an opposing regime.

    When Putin says: "These days, the outcomes of the Nuremberg trials are effectively being revised". He's talking about the post-WW2 order, the post Nurumberg order, in Europe. That era is coming to an end, and something new is becoming which we don't know the shape of yet, but effectively the Western and Eastern powers both decided on and cooperated with the dismantling the European nations after the Second World War. This was an ideological project where these interational organisations (including NATO and the EU) took on more and more importance, and every effort by the people to create Nationalism was actively suppressed and crushed. That was true of both the West, and the East in Russia.

    It's important to note the hypocrisy at play in this propaganda war, from both the West and Russia. Russia will use channels like Russia Today to criticise Western Europe, and accuse the leaders of betraying their people by enforcing mass immigration, undermining our national identities, etc. - but they accuse Eastern Eurpope of the crime of nationalism, and of racism, and so on. Of course, in the West, our leaders are doing precisely the same - revising the whole idea of nation state, by basically saying it's unimportant and shouldn't exist. The same goes for our borders, and our own native, ethnic identities, etc. Then the West goes on to talk about defending the sovereignty of Ukrainian borders, and celebrates Ukrainian Nationalism. Both regimes are mirror images of each other. They have the same ideology and the same hypocrisies, just in opposing ways.

    Putin's regime, however, HAS openly criticised the importance of ethnicity, and is forced to speak in euphemisms like "Russian-speaking minorities" because Russia itself isn't an ethnically homogeneous ethnostate - far from it. We can't forget, Russia promoted the relocation of Russians, from Russia, to these foreign lands in order to undermine the ethnic identity of European countries.

    About a third of Estonia's population are a "Russian-speaking minority", some of whom are officially stateless "grey-passport" holders who hold neither Estonian or Russian citizenship. Also lots are Ukrainians who were bused in during Soviet times. All "Russian-speakers". Russia does not give a single fuck about any of these people, until it's useful for them to weaponise their identities. Just like our leaders. From speaking with Russian-Estonians, the majority of them would never care to return to Russia, fight for Russia or even holiday there. Despite living so close they could drive across the border during their lunch break. They live their lives in Europe, as Europeans, speaking Russian. Russia will use these minorities as pawns on the geopolitical chessboard, just as our own government does with us and our minority groups when it can further their interests.

    Not saying the invasion on Ukraine was or wasn't justified. I just refuse to get played into believing I must be reactive and pick a side to cheerlead for in another brother-war on, as neither sides' interests are shared by my people. Both sides' ideologies are antithetical to what I believe. Trying to undermine the corrupt, rotten Western liberal order by listening to and sympathising with the propaganda of the opposition in the Russian state, or China, or whatever, doesn't help us and won't provide peace. I refuse because all I see is another needless blood sacrifice on European soil orchestrated by The Outgroup, with these beady-eyed little bastards once again pulling levers on both sides, making us dance to their tune. You cannot compare this situation with that of Germany invading formerly Prussian lands to prevent Germans being genocided, because ethnicity, race, big-N Nationalism is NOT what the Russian order cares about. It is openly hostile to it, and it brutally crushes White Nationalism domestically - and is proud about that fact.

    All of this goes to underscore the importance of our view of the past, especially regarding WW2, as it's so closely linked with our view of the present. America was happy with Stalin, for a time, while he was an ally, and the US was also happy for all these countries, including Ukraine and the Baltic states, come under Soviet rule at the end of WW2. Stalin was the Good Guy, and was considered the "Father" of the people of the Soviet states, including Ukraine, by America.

    When Putin talks about a rejection of the Nuremberg trials today, what he implies is that he thinks the Nuremberg trials were just great. They were great because it was a standard of "justice" that was applied only to the losers. It didn't apply to the winners. It didn't apply to the Soviets or the United States - they did things which they executed Germans for doing, but that's fine. That's the Nuremberg standard.

    To put it in context, objectively, the victims of Stalin far exceeded that of Hitler. So, hypothetically if the United States applied the same standard and suddenly said "we're against communism in all its forms, and we should eradicate it" - that would mean fighting against any form of militant egalitarianism, which is basically everything America itself claims to stand for since WW2. Two sides, same coin.

    Communism wants to eliminate nationality. It's a line in the Communist Manifesto - to paraphrase: "The workingman has no father land. He has no country, homeland". Lenin didn't want a local Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, he wanted a global one. Putin is trying hard to project an image of a kind-of Russian-but-not-racist civic nationalism mixed with a nostalgia for Stalin and a time when the Soviet union was powerful, and calls the whole thing "Patriotism". It doesn't just apply to the Rus, but also the people of Siberia and Turkic people too. It just can't work, in the way he wants to use it, for a variety of reasons.

    I think Americans tend to forget how geographically massive Russia is, and the amount of ethnicities Russia contains. Putin very cynically and consciously speaks to the people of the Kievan-Rus in his Ukraine war propaganda, but that Russian ethnicity is only one of many. The Russian mind, culture and spirit is completely different from the European. Russia, and the byzantine Russian political power structure, has completely different aims. People like Alexander Dugin, in his mentally-ill Asiatic ramblings, openly and honestly admits as to why Western European people and civilisation itself needs to be swept aside, and cleansed from this earth, by multiculturalism and Islamification. You could argue he, as an individual, is irrelevant but his philosophy isn't and it is central to what's going on in Russia.

    The relationship of how we look at the Second World War and how we look at ourselves today, and for the future, is completely inseparable. I think a lot of Americans forget that too. The Nuremberg mythos is the single most powerful defining narrative for the West and Americans in particular, and until we are able to get past it, we are doomed, forever to repeat the same mistakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Our buddy Glenn Reynolds tells the truth: Time for Consequences - by Glenn Harlan Reynolds
    The obvious thing is that if he is not competent to stand trial for his gross mishandling of classified documents , he is not competent to posses classified documents. If he can’t handle classified documents he can’t be President.

    And although discussed before, and in light of a bloated and inefficient bureaucracy , the requirements for handling classified is easy and routinely trained. Basically they are, you CAN NOT posses documents or discusses information outside a designated area AND you are required to report an infraction asap and provide help with determining the extent of the damage.

    Infractions are either accidental or intentional and both can be prosecuted. I’ve never heard someone say, “I wasn’t competent.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Jackson View Post
    It's more complex. Nuanced. Maybe even Jewuanced? We have to look further back than 2022 or 2014 and zoom out beyond Eastern Ukraine.

    Russia Today recently published an article about one of Putin's recent speeches: "Putin vows to eradicate Nazism for good" (you may need a VPN to access)
    Putin vows to eradicate Nazism for good — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

    "The Russian president claims the governments of Ukraine and the Baltic states have adopted Hitlerite ideaology and methods."

    Putin says there is "Russophobia" and talks about the plight of "Russian-speakers" in the Baltic states. "President Putin cited the Baltic states in an apparent reference to their treatment of Russian-speaking minorities, which Moscow deems discriminatory".

    Placing any special emphasis Zelensky's background or identity is a waste of time in the big picture, though. He's replaceable. You're not going to hear me disagree with anything you have to say about the J.Q in Ukraine, AC, given the history of the place but then again you're also going to have to talk about the origins of Bolshevism. Also, the current flavour of political life in Russia. Putin himself as a neglected kid was taken in and looked after a prominent Chabadnik family who saw promise in him. I could go on, but I would hate for anyone to pathologise me and label me an... autist *GASP*

    Just a moment...

    The word "Nazi" is relevant, though. Not just when applied to the Ukranian Neo-Nazi themed battalions and their verboten Velcro morale patches.

    Speaking broadly and historically, the term "Nazi" does make sense from the Russian point of view, because, of course, it was America and the West which supported the occuption of these countries which now Russia believes it has an ethnic/historical/moral/spiritual claim to America helped the Soviet union occupy half of Europe.

    I don't mean to condescend with a dumb history lesson but it was literally the Nazis who fought for the indepdence of these countries from the Russian expansion of that time.

    So, that Putin uses the term "Nazi" makes perfect sense - but what he really means is European Nationalism. "Eradicating Nazism" will mean, ultimately, eradicating any form of identity other than a kind universalist one, where individualism and happiness is the only goal. Sounds a lot like something subversive, revolutionary activists labelled "feminism" and was insidiously promoted here in the West. It's the same shit we're under, just repackaged and sold under a different brand by an opposing regime.

    When Putin says: "These days, the outcomes of the Nuremberg trials are effectively being revised". He's talking about the post-WW2 order, the post Nurumberg order, in Europe. That era is coming to an end, and something new is becoming which we don't know the shape of yet, but effectively the Western and Eastern powers both decided on and cooperated with the dismantling the European nations after the Second World War. This was an ideological project where these interational organisations (including NATO and the EU) took on more and more importance, and every effort by the people to create Nationalism was actively suppressed and crushed. That was true of both the West, and the East in Russia.

    It's important to note the hypocrisy at play in this propaganda war, from both the West and Russia. Russia will use channels like Russia Today to criticise Western Europe, and accuse the leaders of betraying their people by enforcing mass immigration, undermining our national identities, etc. - but they accuse Eastern Eurpope of the crime of nationalism, and of racism, and so on. Of course, in the West, our leaders are doing precisely the same - revising the whole idea of nation state, by basically saying it's unimportant and shouldn't exist. The same goes for our borders, and our own native, ethnic identities, etc. Then the West goes on to talk about defending the sovereignty of Ukrainian borders, and celebrates Ukrainian Nationalism. Both regimes are mirror images of each other. They have the same ideology and the same hypocrisies, just in opposing ways.

    Putin's regime, however, HAS openly criticised the importance of ethnicity, and is forced to speak in euphemisms like "Russian-speaking minorities" because Russia itself isn't an ethnically homogeneous ethnostate - far from it. We can't forget, Russia promoted the relocation of Russians, from Russia, to these foreign lands in order to undermine the ethnic identity of European countries.

    About a third of Estonia's population are a "Russian-speaking minority", some of whom are officially stateless "grey-passport" holders who hold neither Estonian or Russian citizenship. Also lots are Ukrainians who were bused in during Soviet times. All "Russian-speakers". Russia does not give a single fuck about any of these people, until it's useful for them to weaponise their identities. Just like our leaders. From speaking with Russian-Estonians, the majority of them would never care to return to Russia, fight for Russia or even holiday there. Despite living so close they could drive across the border during their lunch break. They live their lives in Europe, as Europeans, speaking Russian. Russia will use these minorities as pawns on the geopolitical chessboard, just as our own government does with us and our minority groups when it can further their interests.

    Not saying the invasion on Ukraine was or wasn't justified. I just refuse to get played into believing I must be reactive and pick a side to cheerlead for in another brother-war on, as neither sides' interests are shared by my people. Both sides' ideologies are antithetical to what I believe. Trying to undermine the corrupt, rotten Western liberal order by listening to and sympathising with the propaganda of the opposition in the Russian state, or China, or whatever, doesn't help us and won't provide peace. I refuse because all I see is another needless blood sacrifice on European soil orchestrated by The Outgroup, with these beady-eyed little bastards once again pulling levers on both sides, making us dance to their tune. You cannot compare this situation with that of Germany invading formerly Prussian lands to prevent Germans being genocided, because ethnicity, race, big-N Nationalism is NOT what the Russian order cares about. It is openly hostile to it, and it brutally crushes White Nationalism domestically - and is proud about that fact.

    All of this goes to underscore the importance of our view of the past, especially regarding WW2, as it's so closely linked with our view of the present. America was happy with Stalin, for a time, while he was an ally, and the US was also happy for all these countries, including Ukraine and the Baltic states, come under Soviet rule at the end of WW2. Stalin was the Good Guy, and was considered the "Father" of the people of the Soviet states, including Ukraine, by America.

    When Putin talks about a rejection of the Nuremberg trials today, what he implies is that he thinks the Nuremberg trials were just great. They were great because it was a standard of "justice" that was applied only to the losers. It didn't apply to the winners. It didn't apply to the Soviets or the United States - they did things which they executed Germans for doing, but that's fine. That's the Nuremberg standard.

    To put it in context, objectively, the victims of Stalin far exceeded that of Hitler. So, hypothetically if the United States applied the same standard and suddenly said "we're against communism in all its forms, and we should eradicate it" - that would mean fighting against any form of militant egalitarianism, which is basically everything America itself claims to stand for since WW2. Two sides, same coin.

    Communism wants to eliminate nationality. It's a line in the Communist Manifesto - to paraphrase: "The workingman has no father land. He has no country, homeland". Lenin didn't want a local Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, he wanted a global one. Putin is trying hard to project an image of a kind-of Russian-but-not-racist civic nationalism mixed with a nostalgia for Stalin and a time when the Soviet union was powerful, and calls the whole thing "Patriotism". It doesn't just apply to the Rus, but also the people of Siberia and Turkic people too. It just can't work, in the way he wants to use it, for a variety of reasons.

    I think Americans tend to forget how geographically massive Russia is, and the amount of ethnicities Russia contains. Putin very cynically and consciously speaks to the people of the Kievan-Rus in his Ukraine war propaganda, but that Russian ethnicity is only one of many. The Russian mind, culture and spirit is completely different from the European. Russia, and the byzantine Russian political power structure, has completely different aims. People like Alexander Dugin, in his mentally-ill Asiatic ramblings, openly and honestly admits as to why Western European people and civilisation itself needs to be swept aside, and cleansed from this earth, by multiculturalism and Islamification. You could argue he, as an individual, is irrelevant but his philosophy isn't and it is central to what's going on in Russia.

    The relationship of how we look at the Second World War and how we look at ourselves today, and for the future, is completely inseparable. I think a lot of Americans forget that too. The Nuremberg mythos is the single most powerful defining narrative for the West and Americans in particular, and until we are able to get past it, we are doomed, forever to repeat the same mistakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Jackson View Post
    The word "Nazi" is relevant, though.
    Obviously! This is the longest “Tell me Hitler did nothing wrong without telling me Hitler did nothing wrong” post that I’ve read in a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsuma View Post
    Who is the psychopath here? Compare Russia's Georgia invasion versus the US Iraq invasions. we are talking 300-1,000 deaths in Georgia versus 300,000-1 million+ deaths.
    Kind of a two wrongs situation right there. As well as bringing up the past to justify new horrible shit. Which, people will then look back on to justify the next round... Repeat for another 1000 years of perpetual conflict.

    The problem is other countries aren't looking at the damage the West has done and seeing it as an evil to be avoided. Rather, they've seen the benefits and have been biding time for their turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wal View Post
    Your very patient Mark, but I fear the age of grace is about to close.
    This is the best post wal has ever made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenni View Post
    It's funny how long it took me to get that because I was using "long" vowel sounds rather than "short". School for the Gifted over here.
    Save me the a seat.

    I did the same thing.

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    Our buddy Glenn Reynolds tells the truth: Time for Consequences - by Glenn Harlan Reynolds
    Any truth to the rumor that Harris is planning a 25th amendment coup on Biden?

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